A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging part of the NSA's warrantless surveillance of Americans' communications.Read More »
The National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data isn’t legal, a federal appeals court said just weeks before the law the government used to justify the program is set to expire. A three-judge panel in New York held Thursday that the program goes beyond the authority granted by the Patriot Act, a law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that expanded government surveillance and data collection. A lower- court judge had said the program is legal. The appeals court didn’t rule on arguments raised by the American Civil Liberties Union that that the program violates constitutional free-speech guarantees and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The judges also declined to issue a court order blocking the program as Congress weighs changes to surveillance laws.
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Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge’s approval before searching the cellphones of people they’ve arrested.Read More »
The Obama administration has failed to turn over documents under public-records requests detailing still-secret court orders about the scope and legality of National Security Agency surveillance, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.Read More »